Citroen DS3 R3 is based on the FIA's new Group R3T regulations and has the same structural design and appearance as the production model, with the production steel body shell reinforced by a welded, multi-point roll cage, improving the resilience of the chassis and safety for the driver pairing.

It is powered by 1.6-litre THP ( high pressure turbo petrol) engine including specific racing parts - air box, camshaft, pistons, connecting rods, exhaust and turbo systems, electronic unit. The power is 210bhp and 350Nm of torque, which offers unrivalled flexibility on the road.

The suspension has a wide variety of setup options, allowing DS3 R3 to be adapted to all driving styles.  Citroen Racing recommends the use of BFGoodrich tyres for optimal grip.

Citroen DS3 R3 made its first outing at the end of August 2009. It has been run through a lot of tests, which include racing on "rough gravel", typical of the road surfaces seen in Mediterranean rallies. In total, DS3 R3 covered over 10 000km in development testing, split evenly among the different types of road surfaces.

Several test pilots took part in the tests putting the vehicle to its limits. All drivers had varying levels of experience, different preferences and driving styles, which meant that the engineers could accumulate data that will benefit future DS3 R3 owners.

DS3 R3 has three main strengths: the massive torque of 1.6 litre engine, the semi-automatic gearbox and the suspension. The car offers staggering performance levels and looks set to become the new leader in its category in rallying.

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